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SR-81 (2017-2018)

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Enrolled  February 09, 2018
Passed  IN  Senate  February 08, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Resolution No. 81


Introduced by Senators Mitchell, Atkins, Bates, Fuller, Galgiani, Jackson, Leyva, Nguyen, and Skinner

February 06, 2018


Relative to Women and Girls in Science Day in California


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SR 81, Mitchell.

WHEREAS, On February 17, 2016, the United Nations declared February 11 as International Day of Women and Girls in Science; and
WHEREAS, Seventy four percent of high school girls across the country are interested in the fields and subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); and
WHEREAS, Women account for about only 20 percent of the bachelor’s degrees in engineering, computer science, and physics; and
WHEREAS, Knowledge within the field of science promotes inventiveness, discovery, and efficiency in the way things are done, while also opening up new job and economic opportunities; and
WHEREAS, Boosting the number of women in STEM fields would expand our nation’s pool of workers, educators, and innovators for the future, bring a new dimension to the workforce, and potentially tackle problems that have been overlooked in the past; and
WHEREAS, STEM jobs are high-quality, knowledge-intensive jobs that lead to innovation, discovery, and new technologies that produce as much as 85 percent of the growth in the United States economy; and
WHEREAS, The negative perception that women and girls are ineffective in math and science can have inhibiting developmental effects and detrimental consequences; and
WHEREAS, By reinforcing the idea that women and girls can and do perform equally well in math and science as men and boys, we can help to strengthen their confidence and performance in math and science-related courses and fields; and
WHEREAS, Women and girls should be given an equal opportunity to engage and thrive within the fields and subjects of math and science; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Senate calls upon all citizens and community organizations to support the observance of International Day of Women and Girls in Science by encouraging and celebrating women, girls, and those that identify as such, in STEM fields; and be it further
Resolved, That the Senate declares February 11, 2018, as Women and Girls in Science Day in California; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate provide copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.